The Watson Institute Social Center for Academic Achievement (WISCA) at the W. Bruce Thomas Education Center in Sharpsburg is a special education school program designed to meet the individual needs of children and adolescents with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder who require therapeutic intervention and supports that cannot be delivered in a traditional classroom setting.
Watson is committed to providing a safe, comfortable, flexible, and supportive environment so that each student can experience success in learning.
WISCA Online Special Education School Program
The WISCA online curriculum is supported for each student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Students enroll in classes according to their grade level, cognitive level, and graduation requirements per their home school district.
Electives can be chosen based on individual interests. Therapeutic training that provides instruction and practice in pragmatic language, social, organizational, and life skills are integrated into the daily schedule. Community based instruction and service projects are incorporated into students’ schedules to provide pre-vocational experiences and practical settings to work on functional and social skills development. Experiences in community business settings help Watson students prepare for transitions to post-secondary opportunities.
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For more information and to refer a student to WISCA call 412-749-2805 or 866-893-4751 x2805.